Go meatless on Mondays? Local agency to present the benefits

The Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD), which serves Shelton, will present a program on Meatless Mondays on Wednesday, April 30 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Whittemore Memorial Library, 243 Church St., Naugatuck.

NVHD representatives and a registered dietitian from ShopRite will discuss why people might want to join the Meatless Monday campaign.

The free event will include an educational presentation, healthy food demonstration, and food samples.

Pre-registration is required by April 23 by contacting Stephanie at spotts@nvhd.org or 203-881-3255.

The NVHD covers six towns, from Shelton to Naugatuck.

Idea began in 1910s to help war effort

Meatless Mondays originated during World War I to reduce the amount of food consumed on the homefront to help with the war effort.

In 2003, the Meatless Monday campaign resurfaced as a global initiative to prevent illness from excessive meat consumption. The health benefits include reducing the risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity, and increasing key nutrients through added consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Agency serves 126,000 people

The Naugatuck Valley Health District serves as the local public health entity for the municipalities of Shelton, Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck and Seymour. Formed in 1972, the Seymour-based agency’s service region has about 126,000 residents.

The NVHD focuses on the promotion of health, prevention of disease, and creating a safe and clean environment. The agency has three main divisions — environmental health, community health and administration. Learn more at nvhd.org.